Preventing milkweed cuttings from wilting
I rear my butterflies inside and have to take cuttings of the host plant to put in the rearing cage. My milkweed wilts quickly (within an hour). Sometimes I do something right and it doesn't wilt. I'm trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong or sometimes right.
I usually take cuttings in the morning and I've noticed that the sap flows freely from where I make the cut. Once I take a cutting I immediately put it in water and take it inside. Any suggestions on preventing wilting?
Sorry I'm so late answering this. I have also had this problem sometimes with the milkweed. I usually just try cutting it again and put it immediately in water. If it wilts the second time I throw it out and get more. I am not sure why it does this....age of the plant? time of day? Have you come to any conclusions?
It seems the tropical milkweed isn't quite as finicky.